Christian reflections

This is a Football * 10 Minute Devotional

Adapted from a devotional previously shared on this blog on May 19, 2016. “Gentlemen, this is a football.” That is how Vince Lombardi, started each season on his team’s practice field. Lombardi, the former coach of the Green Bay Packers who led them to victory in the first ever Super Bowl (and the one after…… Continue reading This is a Football * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections

The Next Obedient Step * 10 Minute Devotional

Sometimes there is nothing left to do but take the next obedient step. When strategizing and brainstorming comes to an end, when finances run dry, when a medical diagnosis isn’t good, when the weight of grief is too much to bear, sometimes there is nothing left to do but take the next obedient step. Remember…… Continue reading The Next Obedient Step * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections · Family life

The Impossible God * 10 Minute Devotional

We read a children’s Bible to our 4-year-old every night before bed. He always asks a lot of questions, both because he’s genuinely interested, and because each question he asks allows him another minute or two of bedtime delay. A few nights ago we read the story of the Red Sea from Exodus 14 and 15. You…… Continue reading The Impossible God * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections · Family life

Faith, Frugality, and Feasting * 10 Minute Devotional

I’m a pretty frugal person. It probably started when I was born in Wisconsin, a state where thou-shalt-live-humbly. Everyone drives Toyotas and Fords and Subarus. Millionaires live in log cabins. As an elementary schooler I literally didn’t know people could buy clothes from the front of the store. I thought those were just for show, since everyone I knew always headed straight…… Continue reading Faith, Frugality, and Feasting * 10 Minute Devotional

Christian reflections

Personal, not Private * 10 Minute Devotional

UCC Pastor Lillian Daniel, co-author of An Odd and Wondrous Calling, wrote a Huffington Post piece that went viral a few years ago. In it she vented about her irritation with those who claim to be “spiritual but not religious.” Daniels writes: Being privately spiritual but not religious just doesn’t interest me. There is nothing challenging about having…… Continue reading Personal, not Private * 10 Minute Devotional

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What’s at the End of Your Rope? * 10 Minute Devotional

This week at our house: Me: What do you want for breakfast? Preschooler: Peanut butter pancakes. Me [fifteen minutes later]: Here’s your breakfast! Preschooler: WHAT IS THIS?! I HAAAATE PEANUT BUTTER PANCAKES!!! Me: [silently Googling how old a child has to be to go to boarding school overseas] Kidding. Mostly. Pre-kid, I sometimes felt at…… Continue reading What’s at the End of Your Rope? * 10 Minute Devotional

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You Gotta Go Down * 10 Minute Devotional

It was 1985 and Joe Simpson was in big trouble. He’d fallen, his leg was broken, and he was high in the Peruvian Andes. After a freak mountaineering accident, he landed deep in an icy crevasse. At that altitude, in blizzard conditions, a broken leg was basically a death sentence, never mind the fact that he…… Continue reading You Gotta Go Down * 10 Minute Devotional